At this time of year when the stresses of cold weather, holiday planning and travel place extra demands on us, it is good to know that cheese can help us deal with all of it by giving us a broad array of nutritional benefits.
Cheese is the ultimate comfort food. Cheese is a protein-rich food. Those proteins break down into amino acids. Some of these amino acids found in high concentration in cheese help us respond to stress, anxiety and pain in a number of ways. They help to stabilize moods. A deficiency of one of those amino acids can lead to depression, while another helps give us a good nightâ€™s rest. Some of those amino acids can be useful for people with atherosclerosis, heart disorders, and hypertension. They have been shown to play a role in sparing the loss of potassium from the heart muscle. A lack of one of them may contribute to coronary artery spasms.
Cheese is also a good source of beneficial fats. The fats break down into fatty acids. A fatty acid derived from cheese has demonstrated several benefits including a reversal of arteriosclerosis.
Cheese is also a great source of many important vitamins and minerals. It is important to note that cheese is the best source of Calcium, which is important in the maintenance of a regular heartbeat, among other things.
Donâ€™t forget the weight-reducing properties of cheese! The more weight that we carry, the more work is demanded of our heart.
These and many other valuable tidbits are presented in our Cheese & Wine 201 class. I also take the relative nutritional quantities into consideration when I choose the cheeses for Maxâ€™s Healthy Plate.
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